menlo pilates & yoga

"It's the mind itself which shapes the body." - Joseph Pilates

Accessible to first-timers and seasoned yogis alike, this class offers a slower pace and an Iyengar-style emphasis on proper alignment and building strong foundations in each pose.  Students receive mindful adjustments and precise verbal cues as needed to help them find balance and ease in their practice. 

This class will present a modified version of the full Ashtanga Primary Series. Class starts with sun salutations, (Surya Namaskar A & B), progresses through the standing and seated series, and ends with the finishing series. The poses will be practiced in the order outlined in the Ashtanga Primary Series as originally outlined by K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), with the more challenging poses modified or omitted. Strong emphasis is placed on linking the movements with the breath (vinyasa), integrating core strength (bandhas), correct placement of the gaze (drishti), and specific alignment for the poses (asanas). The repetitive and quiet nature of this practice makes each class a highly therapeutic moving meditation which is experienced differently by each individual. Through consistent practice, students will gradually increase strength, flexibility, mental focus, and overall well-being. This class is good for students of all levels with some prior yoga experience.
Body rolling is a workout and deep tissue massage rolled into one! The 2" rubber balls lengthen muscles, stimulate bones and releases energy blockages. You will find in this class that you will let go of unproductive patterns in your body. Body rolling allows you to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and optimize range of motion in joints.
Emphasizing breath and alignment, this class offers a creative exploration of asana that draws upon an eclectic mix of methods. Accessible to all levels, it combines traditional Hatha yoga postures with the best elements of vinyasa yoga, anatomical precision, and mindfulness teachings. Students are taught to observe the energetic effects of poses and will learn how to harness that energy to foster physical, emotional and mental well-being. Asana sequences are structured to cultivate strength, flexibility, awareness and confidence, all while stressing the importance of coordinating breath with movement and encouraging students to focus their attention inward.
30 minutes of Kettlebell swings, a great fun way to build strength and power.
 
For the first time students trying kettlebells.
Please contact the studio to register for this class.
This class is not appropriate for Beginners. The Pilates Reformer provides finely-tuned isometric resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop proper skeletal alignment, build core strength, and improve flexibility. These small group classes (only 4 students per class) allow participants the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs and goals.
Pilates for All Levels is a well-rounded Pilates mat workout for any level!
Pilates for Beginners is a formal introduction to the Pilates Method. If new to Pilates, please begin your exploration here. The Pilates Method is structured around your body’s powerhouse – It includes the abdominals, the pelvic floor, the muscles around the hip joint, and the muscles of the lower back. Every exercise engages these muscles simultaneously improving posture and creating a longer, leaner looking physique.
Early workouts start the day right. The reformer class is a refreshing way to awaken your body!
 
Please contact the studio before registering for this class. Prior Pilates Reformer experience is required - this class is not appropriate for beginners.
 
Moving at a mindful pace, the class will renew and restore your energy levels, preparing you to face the rest of your day. Optional poses are offered, making this class appropriate for students of varying levels.  The focus of each class will shift on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as follows:
 
Monday -- An beginner level Vinyasa class.  Follow your breath through the flow, sometimes adding in back bends and inversions.
 
Wednesday -- An all-levels, mat-based hip opener session with few standing poses.
 
Friday -- A class developing standing and standing balance poses for all levels.
 
 

This Pilates class uses props like the magic circle, foam roller, blocks, balls, and weights to deepen engagement of the core and postural muscles and challenge core stability. Get a balanced workout from head to toe, increasing strength, mobility, flexibility, tone and improving posture.

If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness routine consider the Pilates MVe (maximum versatility exercise) chair. The Pilates concept focuses on the core and this chair will do just that. Engage your core during every exercise and improve your core strength, balance, and even your posture. Do push-ups, leg presses, ab exercises and gymnastic-like moves with this small piece of equipment. You can even use your dumbbells to strengthen your upper body while targeting your core and legs for added difficulty. The variety of exercises on this chair seem near endless (Meaghan Massenat Yahoo Voices 2010).
This class is not appropriate for Beginners. Please enroll first in Reformer for Beginners. Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates Reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The Reformer provides finely-tuned isometric resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs. This is a group class, and the maximum enrollment is 4 per class.
Please contact the studio to register for this class. Email us at info@menlopilatesandyoga.com
This class is not appropriate for Beginners. Please enroll first in Reformer for Beginners. Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates Reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The Reformer provides finely-tuned isometric resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). These classes allow you the opportunity to incorporate equipment workouts into your schedule that can address your specific needs. This is a group class, and the maximum enrollment is 4 per class.
Please contact the studio to register for this class. Email us at info@menlopilatesandyoga.com
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates Reformer is actually an amazingly elegant piece of exercise equipment. It provides finely-tuned isometric resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility (well said by www.about.com). This class offers the opportunity to incorporate a machine workout into your fitness regimen that addresses your unique physical needs. 
This is a flowing, easy-to-follow and easy-to-learn variation of traditional tai chi that imparts the spirit and benefits of tai chi without the years of study. It was originally created in China in the 1920s as TaijiCao and enables you to develop Qi (energy) in a quick and easy format without having to memorize all the long, technically complicated forms; Students just follow along as the instructor leads them through a series of gentle standing postures. This is a calming class that is excellent for gradually developing greater core strength, balance, and coordination.
In this class students will experience a creative, energetic and fluid form of Vinyasa yoga inspired by renowned yoga master Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow. The practice offers near-continuous flow sequences designed to facilitate the movement of pranic energy throughout the body. Music is an integral part of this unique and inspiring class, which also incorporates elements of ecstatic dance, movement meditation, Bhakti yoga, and Ayurveda. We highly recommend that first-time and beginner-level yoga students first take our Yoga Basics class to familiarize themselves with traditional yoga postures and the building blocks of flow prior to joining this class.
This all-levels class uses Surya Namaskar (the Sun Salutation) to link traditional yoga asanas (postures) in an unrushed, continuously flowing sequence. Each session begins in silence with a short pranayama (controlled breathing) exercise to quiet the mind, and offers a variety of standing, standing balance, seated, and core-strengthening exercises, including backbends, arm-balances, and inversions for a full-body workout. The teacher cues each posture offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced options, so that students may choose the variations appropriate for their own level.  As the instructor often reminds us, “It’s a practice, not a contest,” so come prepared to smile and sweat in this challenging, yet lighthearted class.  If you've never tried yoga before, we recommend attending our Yoga Basics class to learn the basic yoga asanas and foundations of flow prior to taking this class.
Yin Yoga has existed nearly as long as yoga has existed, and is an excellent complement to other “yang” forms of Hatha yoga, such as Vinyasa Flow, and Ashtanga Vinyasa. This practice consists primarily of seated mat poses, which are held for prolonged periods of time, usually from three to seven minutes each. Yes! It’s a DEEP, slow practice that will challenge you in totally new ways. Whereas traditional “yang” style exercises, such as yoga routines that briskly flow from one posture to the next, running, or traditional gym workouts, generally work on flexing or contracting the muscles, Yin Yoga acts on the connective tissues, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and myofascial tissues, providing much-needed release, and slow-motion lengthening. It works on our patience, as we wait for gravity to gradually lead us into our fullest expression of each posture. It works on the ego and the heart, as we find acceptance within ourselves, honoring where we are today, in this moment, using as few or as many props as needed to experience to our comfortable “edge” in each pose. Forceful movements and striving are abandoned in a Yin class, as our only endeavor is to let stillness happen. This practice promotes flexibility and enhances range-of-motion. Yin Yoga is a highly meditative practice that brings inner calm, and allows the time and space to listen to what our bodies are telling us. Not suitable for pregnant ladies.

 

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Menlo Pilates & Yoga